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Friday, April 26, 2013

First Bull City Play Streets Event & Health Fair Set for May 4

What:     First Bull City Play Streets Event of 2013 and Refiners Fire Community Church Health Fair

Who:      City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, Durham County Department of Public Health, Refiners Fire Community Church, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and a Partnership for a Healthier America

When:    Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:   East Main Street between Alston Ave. and Elm. St., Durham, N.C.

Fast Facts:
•  Residents and families looking for a free way to enjoy heart-healthy activities and receive health screenings and information should mark their calendars now for this kick-off event next week.

•  The planned physical activities include line dancing instruction, jump roping, bike safety training, four squares, hula hooping, badminton, hop scotch, and other physical fitness activities. Refiners Fire Community Church Health Fair will also host a variety of health screenings such as blood pressure, HIV, body mass index, prostate, hepatitis, and eye screenings. There will also be informational booths for quitting smoking, nutrition, fitness plans, teen pregnancy prevention, and much more.

•  Parking will be located at the corners of Franklin and Elm Streets in the back lot of Refiner’s Fire Community Church and signs will be posted to help event attendees.

•  This Bull City Play Streets event is the first of five events that will take place across the city in 2013. The City and County of Durham and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina collaborated to win a $50,000 grant to create Bull City Play Streets. The grant provides funds, technical assistance and communications and marketing support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and its Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity epidemic in America, to launch the program. Durham is one of 10 cities selected to participate in the nation-wide program. For more information on this grant, visit

•  Over the next few months, Bull City Play Streets will take place in other locations throughout Durham:
•  Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Kent and Jackson streets area
•  Saturday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Driver Street between Southgate and Ashe streets
•  Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Holt Elementary School, 4019 Holt School Rd.
•  Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Foster Street area
•  All events are free and open to the public.

•  For information about the May 4 Bull City Play Streets event, contact Robin Dixon with the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, at (919) 560-1647, ext. 34245 or by email at 

•  For Refiners Fire Community Church’s Health Fair information, contact Joyce Wright at (919) 688-0010 or by email at

About the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department
The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department works to preserve and improve quality of life conditions for Durham residents, and to encourage active participation in neighborhood redevelopment and public policy and decision making dialogue. The department’s Community Engagement staff provides outreach and education to Durham residents and community organizations. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps ensure that Durham has thriving, livable neighborhoods by providing the highest quality of services to engage and educate the community, eradicate blight, ensure safer neighborhoods, and enhance neighborhood revitalization. For more information, visit

About the Durham County Department of Public Health
Since 1913, the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has worked throughout the Durham community to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the environment. Guided by Durham County Government’s Strategic Plan, the department works to strengthen the well-being of individuals and families through prevention, education, and partnering with community resources. For information about DCoDPH, visit, connect with DCoDPH on Facebook, or follow DCoDPH on Twitter.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.74 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For generations, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in 2012 and 2013. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Partnership for a Healthier America
Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most importantly, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress its partners are making. For information about PHA, visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

Published: 04/26/2013 - Last Edited: